AFC West: Donnie Edwards

Donnie Edwards discusses being released by the Chiefs.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Of the Chiefs' four player moves Tuesday the most interesting one came with the decision to cut a lesser known player.

The Chiefs cut tight end Michael Merritt, along with cornerback Patrick Surtain, linebacker Donnie Edwards and backup quarterback Damon Huard. Merritt was a seventh-round pick last year.

Yes, Merritt was far from well known in Kansas City. But his release was significant because it showed the new regime in Kansas City is not going to take kindly to players who have off-field issues.

Merritt was arrested on marijuana charges last month in Florida. Now, he is a former Chief. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, Merritt wasn't expected to be a major impact player for Kansas City in 2009 and he was a low-pay, second-year player.

But a message was sent by the Scott Pioli regime. Troubled players will be dealt with severely.
The releases of Surtain, Edwards and Huard were all expected. All of the players were fairly high priced and they all appeared past their prime. They had little future in Kansas City. At least, Merritt was young. But he is now out the door.

Meanwhile, with the high profile cuts, Kansas City received about $14 million in salary cap relief and is now about $44 million under the salary cap as free agency approaches Friday.
The next player to go could be another player with off-field baggage: Running back Larry Johnson. He is expected to be traded or cut soon.

Chiefs begin roster movement

February, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs were quiet this offseason as far as player moment went. Until Tuesday.

In a move that was expected, Kansas City cut cornerback Patrick Surtain. His release is no surprise at all because of his age -- he is 32 -- and his high price tag. The Chiefs saved about $6.2 million by cutting Surtain. Of course, Kansas City didn't need the relief. It has about $37 million in salary-cap space and will be able to do whatever it wants once free agency begins Friday. If the Chiefs are going to be active in free agency, expect defense and perhaps the offensive line to be areas of concentration.

Surtain's release also makes the young Chiefs even greener. The Chiefs have just eight players older than 30 on their roster. Two of them, linebacker Donnie Edwards and backup quarterback Damon Huard, could also soon get cut.

While the Chiefs have great needs on defense, they are pleased with their young cornerbacks, which also played a role in Surtain getting released. The team drafted Brandon Flowers in the second round and Brandon Carr in the fifth round last year. Both rookie cornerbacks played well in 2008, and the team is excited about the Flowers-Carr combination for the long term.

With player movement under the way in Kansas City, we now await to see what the team does with running back Larry Johnson and tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Kansas City free agency primer

February, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Kansas City Chiefs

Salary Cap situation: The Chiefs are swimming in salary cap room. They have in the neighborhood of $40 million in cap room and could clear some more with the release of some veteran players such as Patrick Surtain, Donnie Edwards, and Damon Huard in the coming days.

Needs: Defensive end, Linebacker, safety, quarterback, offensive line.

Possible targets: Tennessee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth; Dallas defensive end Chris Canty; Baltimore center Jason Brown.

Biggest possible departures: Center Rudy Niswanger (restricted); safety Jarrad Page (restricted).

How active will they be?: The Chiefs will be interesting to watch. They could pull the trigger on a big-ticket item or try to trade for New England quarterback Matt Cassel. At the very least, Kansas City will try to upgrade its defense with a few signings.

Kansas City salary cap glance

February, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Kansas City Chiefs

Most recent salary cap availability: $31.7 million.

How can they get more cap room: New Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli will have mad money to play with as he begins his era and tries to turn around the fortunes of the Chiefs, who have won a total of six games the past two seasons. By chopping some veterans the Chiefs will gain even more cap room and they should be able to as much as any team in the league. But again, cap and cash are two different things so Kansas City ownership may not necessarily spend big money. Expect the Chiefs to try to fill several needs in free agency, beginning perhaps at linebacker with Arizona's Karlos Dansby. The Chiefs can get more cap room by whacking cornerback Patrick Surtain, linebacker Donnie Edwards and backup quarterback Damon Huard. Running back Larry Johnson will likely either be cut or traded but the Chiefs won't gain financially by that move. If tight end Tony Gonzalez is traded, more space could be made for the team swimming in cap room.

Biggest free agency needs: Defensive end, linebacker, offensive line, quarterback.

Dream date: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is the injury report from the Broncos and Chiefs. The two teams meet in Denver on Sunday:

In Denver, cornerback Champ Bailey and linebacker D.J. Williams did not make any progress Friday. Williams is listed as doubtful to play against the Chiefs. He has missed four games. Bailey is listed as questionable on the injury report. He has missed five games.

Linebacker Nate Webster is expected to play. He has missed the past three games with a knee injury. Defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban (back), safety Marlon McCree (ankle) and fullback/linebacker Spencer Larsen (hip) are all questionable.

In Kansas City, the Chiefs will be without receiver Mark Bradley. He has been outstanding since being signed earlier in the season. But Bradley appeared on the injury participation list with a calf injury Thursday. He didn't practice Thursday or Friday and he was ruled out Friday for the game. Bradley practiced on Wednesday.

Linebacker Donnie Edwards (hamstring, knee) and Patrick Surtain (quadriceps) are both out as well. Linebacker Pat Thomas (hamstring) and guard Adrian Jones (ankle) are questionable.

Chiefs, Broncos injury update

December, 3, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a Chiefs and Broncos injury report:

In Denver, defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban did not practice with a back injury. He was injured against the Jets on Sunday.

For the fourth straight week, cornerback Champ Bailey was limited in participation. Earlier this week, he said he will play Sunday against the Chiefs.

However, Denver did get some positive news as linebackers D.J. Williams and Nate Webster practiced fully for the first time since each suffered a knee injury. Williams has missed four games and Webster has missed three games. Their return is no sure thing, but the fact that both practiced fully is a good sign that the linebackers will be ready to play Sunday against visiting Kansas City. Backup running back Selvin Young also practiced fully for the first time since injuring his groin nine weeks ago.

In Kansas City, linebacker Donnie Edwards and cornerback Patrick Surtain, who have both been dealing with extended injuries, did not practice. Edwards has hamstring and knee issues and Surtain had a quadriceps injury. Defensive end Tamba Hail (ankle) and linebacker Pat Thomas (hamstring) were both limited in practice.

Broncos, Chiefs injury update

September, 24, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Broncos and the Chiefs participations lists are out for Wednesday.

For Denver, receiver Darrell Jackson did not participate with a calf injury. The reserve receiver has missed the last two games. Defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson did not practice with a knee injury. However, Robertson is, at this point, expected to be able play at Kansas City on Sunday.

For Kansas City, linebacker Donnie Edwards is out with an ankle injury.

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